Onondaga Community College

  • Onondaga Community College makes high quality educational programs and services accessible to our diverse citizenry, empowering individuals to explore and discover their inherent potential and to transform themselves to live, work and thrive in our global community.
School Highlights
  • Onondaga Community College serves 12,271 students (52% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 37:1 is higher than the state community college average of 28:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 22% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 51%.
  • Onondaga Community College is one of 5 community colleges within Onondaga County, NY.
  • The nearest community college to Onondaga Community College is Crouse Hospital College of Nursing (4.0 miles away).

Top Placements

Onondaga Community College places among the top 20% of community colleges in New York for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 333 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Onondaga Community College(NY) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution ControlPublicPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty333 staff81 staff
Onondaga Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Onondaga Community College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 37:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Onondaga Community College diversity score of 0.38 is less than the state average of 0.69. The school's diversity has grown by 40% over five years.
Total Enrollment12,271 students1,701 students
Onondaga Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio37:128:1
Onondaga Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students6,344 students1,163 students
Onondaga Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students5,927 students538 students
Onondaga Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Total Dormitory Capacity
873451
Onondaga Community College Dormitory Capacity (2014-2016)
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
-
% Asian
2%
6%
Onondaga Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
3%
19%
Onondaga Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
8%
17%
Onondaga Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
78%
49%
Onondaga Community College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
2%
1%
Onondaga Community College More (2011-2016)
% Non Resident races
1%
4%
Onondaga Community College Non Resident (2012-2016)
% Unknown races
4%
4%
Diversity Score0.380.69
Onondaga Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
21%
27%
Onondaga Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$35,300$35,200
Onondaga Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $4,884 is less than the state average of $5,512. The in-state tuition has grown by 8% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $9,184 is less than the state average of $10,202. The out-state tuition has grown by 9% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,884$5,512
Onondaga Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$9,184$10,202
Onondaga Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid92%93%
Onondaga Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$10,000$13,006
Onondaga Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2012-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$5,549
Onondaga Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Onondaga Community College is a college of the State University of New York system and one of 30 locally sponsored community colleges throughout New York State. Onondaga County is the sponsor for Onondaga Community College. In 1962, OCC opened its doors to 500 entering freshmen at Midtown Plaza in the urban center of Syracuse, New York. Outgrowing the city center location, the College moved to its present site in 1973, situated on 216 acres on Onondaga Hill, four miles from the city. The campus is noted for its hills, wooded terrain and expansive views of the surrounding countryside. Eight buildings housing over 50 different degree-granting programs and student residence halls designed to accommodate up to 500 students (slated to open in fall 2006) make up the present campus. Enrollment has grown from the original 500 to over 8,000 students. The curricula have been expanded from an original offering of eight programs to 47 today; the faculty has grown to keep pace with enrollment; the original graduating class of 1962 numbered 177. Now, nearly 1500 degrees are awarded annually. More than 20,000 persons have graduated since 1964 and over 500,000 citizens have availed themselves of the college's programs and services. Onondaga Community College students experience success in transferring to four-year colleges, both within and outside the State University of New York system. At the same time, the number of students completing the technological or career-oriented programs equals those planning to earn Baccalaureate degrees. We offer two-year degree programs that serve as job-entry educational experiences or transfer opportunities to baccalaureate degree programs at four-year campuses. An advantage of the SUNY system is that credits are easily transferable between campuses for students who want to continue their education beyond the community college level. We also offer shorter certificate programs. We are in the forefront of efforts to meet the accelerating pace of technological developments and requirements of continuing educational opportunity for all. The College endeavors to provide the full college experience and offers a full compliment of clubs and organizations to enrich student life. A comprehensive array of student support services enables our students to be successful in achieving their academic goals no matter what their life stage when entering the academic setting.

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Did You Know?
Onondaga County, NY community colleges have a diversity score of 0.33, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Onondaga County, NY is Bryant & Stratton College-Syracuse. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.